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I was wondering if there's a good way of creating a procedure which goes like this:

Select users upload documents that require approval onto a folder. Once in that folder, if they are not approved then a workflow begins.

Really, I wanted to create a custom document set in which files that are uploaded to a certain folder are labeled as "Not Approved."

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Are you opposed to using columns and fields with views? Are you trying to keep the folder paradigm so that users feel more like they're in a traditional file share? – Panter Nov 3 '11 at 22:22
I do not oppose using columns and fields. In fact, I was in the process of creating something in which I use a column with the field "Approved?" which is a simple yes or no. – Hectron Nov 3 '11 at 22:22

SharePoint has out-of-the-box content approval features.

Check out this article. If you complete Steps 1 and 2, you should be able to either:

  1. Create 1 view that groups the documents on the Approval Status column (it will be added once you complete Steps 1 and 2 above.
  2. Create 2 seperate views that both filter on the Approval Status column's different values (Pending, Approved, Rejected).

Here's an article that describes more on creating views.

Finally, you could add web parts for the list that use the new views to display the library's content to the users.

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